PAX 10: 2019 Game Submission

The PAX 10 is a showcase of independent games to be exhibited at PAX West. Taking submissions until May 27th, our group of 50+ industry experts will cull the selection of games into what they collectively feel are the ten best in regard to gameplay and overall fun-factor.

A. Announcement on Penny Arcade as being selected for The PAX 10!
B. Announcement on the PAX site as being selected for The PAX 10!
C. Four Expo Hall Badges for PAX West 2019, giving you access to everything exhibitors receive.
D. A kiosk in the PAX Exhibition Hall for you and your team to demo your game to tens and thousands of gamers, media and industry-folk. This kiosk will include a monitor and speakers however will not include any additional hardware for your demo to play on.

A. You are an independent developer with 15 employees or less, and without a traditional publisher-developer relationship in place.
B. Any funding you receive or have received must preserve your full ownership of the game and IP. (Kickstarter good, most publisher agreements bad).
C. All games must be in at least beta form.
D. All games must be electronic in nature.
E. No mods or levels are allowed. What does this mean? It means you can't require the installation of other software to run your game. The only exception to this is if you submit a game that uses a 3rd party game engine (like the Unreal Engine for instance) and you have all the rights to use the engine. In that same vein, middleware can be used for development, but the external software used has to be disclosed with the appropriate copyright and credits assigned.

In order to have our judges consider your game to be in PAX 10, you must do the following:

A. Purchase this $50 entrance fee.
B. Fill out the detail form found here.
C. If you have special hardware required, please contact us at
D. If your game is a Testflight game, send your invites to Don't wait until the last minute, sharing a game via Testflight is a multi-step process your game build must be available for us no later than Midnight the evening of May 27th, PST.

Keep in mind we are specifically looking for fun factor and a great gameplay experience. Yes, art, audio and stunning visuals can certainly affect the experience, but we aren't dishing out individual awards for those categories.

Those selected to be in the PAX 10 will be notified via email by July 22nd, 2019.

By submitting your game for consideration as an individual or company, you must agree to the following rules and regulations.

A. Keep in mind The PAX 10 was created for independent games, so if it is discovered you do not meet the requirements you will be automatically disqualified and we will totally be keeping your $50.
B. What you submit as far as intellectual property and/or copyright must be owned by you or the company you are submitting for. If we find you have infringed upon any intellectual property, you will be automatically disqualified, and again, we will totally be keeping your $50.
C. If you are submitting for a company, you must be authorized to do so. No going to the team the day before PAX and yelling surprise! Otherwise, you know what happens. It involves disqualification and us keeping your $50. 
D. You understand the decisions made by the judges are final. No whining. No complaining. No crying. No appeals. No calling in favors.
E. You agree that it's okay for PAX and PAX organizers to use screenshots, videos, your names, pictures and other assets from your submitted game for marketing purposes.
F. You agree to hold PAX and PAX organizers harmless from any damages or expenses of any kind which arise or are somehow connected with PAX or the PAX 10.
G. PAX and PAX organizers can cancel or revoke your submission or PAX 10 status at any time for any reason whatsoever. Although we are not cruel and unreasonable people, we have to say this so developer X doesn't go sue-crazy on us if we pull their game after they are caught beating up old ladies the week before PAX.
H. If chosen to be in the PAX 10, you or a representative must be able to demo the game live at PAX West 2019 during all open exhibition hours. Note that PAX West now runs four days long, and you'll need to be present each day. Setup will take place Wednesday and Thursday, prior to PAX. Four complimentary exhibitor passes will be given to each game team, however flight and accommodations will not be provided.

Once you receive your Order Confirmation, please fill out the form found here. If your game is not available for download and the detail form not completed by Midnight (PDT) on the evening of May 27th, you will be disqualified. If you have any questions, please email Thanks!

PAX 10: 2019 Game Submission